The Simsbury Culture, Parks and Recreation Department has offered Community Gardens for rent since 1975 when the Ethel Walker School consented to use of the ground beyond its athletic fields on Sand Hill Road. Due to the wooded nature of Simsbury, shady lawns are not conducive to successful gardening, and also many apartment and condo dwellers would like to garden but have no lawn area to call their own. The Community Gardens are a terrific solution to these problems. Also, growing your own naturally enables you to eat locally grown food, and helps families to eat on a budget.
Plots are rented from May to late October. Typically, plowing is done in late April or early May depending on the weather. Gardeners need to supply their own seeds, plants, tools and hose and must remove everything in late October when the gardens are plowed again before the winter. Irrigation is supplied between the rows to make everything convenient…no hauling water from home! There is also an organic row area for families who want only organic vegetables and a pesticide-free plot to garden in.
Community garden plots of approximately 600 sq. ft. are $25 and 1350 sq. ft. lots are $50. A contract must be signed and payment made to reserve a plot. New gardeners may reserve their plot beginning April 1. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. A garden reservation paid by credit card may be done at www.simsburyrec.com. The plot map, reservation form and more information are posted on the website. New gardeners may visit Simsbury Farms Monday – Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm to look at the plot map, or may call the office at 658-3836 and a plot will be chosen for them.